Your rain gutters are an essential part of your home’s roofing system. Missing, cracked, broken, or clogged gutters can lead to water damage down the exterior walls of your home, and excessive amounts of water dripping or cascading over your gutters can damage the foundation and/or leak into your crawlspace. To avoid these problems, it’s best to inspect and maintain your gutters regularly.
Here are a few tips for maintaining your gutters:
- Regularly Clean Out Your Gutters. Homeowners should regularly clean their gutters every few months to ensure rainwater can flow freely. Effectively cleaning your gutters means getting on a ladder and using a gutter trowel to scoop the leaves and debris out of the gutters. Once all the debris is out, use a hose to flush the gutters and test water flow.
- Inspect Your Downspouts for Clogs. You should inspect your downspouts for clogs. When your downspouts are clogged with leaves, dirt and other debris, the water has no place to go, which results in water backing-up and spilling over the sides during rainstorms.
- Perform Needed Maintenance. Regularly walk around your home and visually inspect your gutters. Do you see any signs of rust or corrosion? Are your gutters dropping? Do you see any cracks? If you see small cracks, holes or gaps, you may be able to seal the leaks with a gutter seal.
- Install Gutter Guards To Protect Your Gutters from Debris. Gutters guards can help minimize the need to clean your gutters. These devices fit over or inside your gutters and are designed to prevent leaves, twigs, and other items from falling into your gutters. With gutter guards installed, all you have to do is brush the leaves and debris off the guards.